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Junkyard Shopping: What to Bring with You
Buying new automotive products can be extremely pricey! Everything from motor parts to lightbulbs are marked up by a large margin at most automotive stores, so that you are paying much more for items than they are worth. Some used car dealerships will even sell car parts at high prices, because some people may think that is the only way to guarantee that you will actually have quality, working car parts sold to you. Also, some flea market vendors will sell car parts, but there is no way of knowing what kinds of automotive parts they are selling, where they are from, and more. What is worse is that some of these car parts or engines may have been acquired illegally and then passed on to customers like you!
In other words, finding car parts can be a scary process. That is, unless you shop in a junkyard! Junkyards have been given a bad name; they actually offer quality products from real people, with real people like you selling their old cars or parts, essentially getting cash for junk cars! In that respect, junkyards are actually trading centers where you are free to buy and sell whatever car parts you want.
When you come in, though, we recommend that you bring along a few necessities.
- Bring your own tools! If you find specific parts of intact cars that you want or need, you will need to disassemble them yourself so that you can take what you want. Most junkyards offer lifts and other large machinery to make the process easier for you, but screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers will need to be brought from home.
- Be sure to bring an open, creative mind. Just because you do not see the car make and model that precisely matches the car you are working on, it does not mean that the items you need for your car project are not out there! Take the best from different car models and use the pieces you procure to make improvements to your plans. For example, air conditioning parts that were built for a Honda CR-V might also fit a Honda Civic. If you are ambitious enough to build your own vehicle, then take the best parts from the vehicles on the lot and use them to compile a car that has the best parts from different makes and models. Creativity is key; you never know how what is out there can be of benefit to you.
- Bring cash, a credit card, or a debit card. When you can make a purchase quickly and right away, you can get home to your car project and get to work as soon as possible.
- If it applies to you, bring your old car or car parts to sell! If you have usable parts that you do not need, or if you essentially have a junk car to get rid of, then you can basically visit the junkyard and make a fair trade: unwanted car parts for wanted car parts.
If you have never considered junkyard shopping, then consider all of the advantages! When you can freely take what you want for a low price and even trade your old car for a new car, there is no reason why you should not do all of your automotive shopping in a junkyard.